James J. Lyons

Died: 2019-02-14
Resided in: Peabody, MA
Viewing type: Gathering and Funeral Mass
Viewing location: St. Adelaide Parish, W. Peabody, MA
Viewing date: 2019-02-22 / Gather 9:45 & Mass 10:30am
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Service date: 2019-02-22
Service location: ALL at St. Adelaide's Parish, 708 Lowell St. W. Peabody
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Contributions: In lieu of flowers, Jim would want you to spend time loving your family, friends and to enjoy life.

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James J. Lyons, "Jim" passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side. He leaves his loving wife, Cathy, much-loved daughter, Jennifer, her husband Tim and 4 adored Grandchildren, Nick, Samantha, Maddy and Abbey all of Florida. Son James Lyons of Woburn. Jim had two stepchildren, Kristen Sikora of Peabody and John Sikora of Florida. Jim was their Buddy.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Elenor Lyons of Malden and his baby brother Bobby Lyons of Malden and Medford.

He leaves his sister Judy Mattioli of Medford and brother Michael and wife Lorraine Lyons of Wakefield. Also many nieces and nephews.

Jim was born in Malden and went to Malden and Medford Schools. After high school graduation Jim went on to Bryant and Stratton of Boston earning an Associates Degree in Business. Jim owned and operated his landscaping business for 20+ years. Later he drove a van for challenged adults. He loved to make them laugh. He was currently employed as a school crossing guard for the City of Peabody. He loved getting up every morning to go see the little ones.

Jim could capture your attention with all the funny stories he had. He could strike up a conversation with anyone at any time.

His passion was riding his motorcycle. He loved the freedom of the road. Jim rode with the Cruiser Club Boston for many years. He had many fond memories with them.

Jim will be remembered as a loving Father, Husband and true friend. He truly was a kind man.

In lieu of flowers, Jim would want you to spend time loving your family, friends and to enjoy life.


Jim was one of a kind he would make you laugh till you cried. He had a heart so big and could mesmerize you with stories for hours. He loved Cathy so much I wish they had met sooner and had more years together. He will be missed not only by his family but by his friends who were lucky enough to have him in his life even though it will never have been enough time. Gone to soon but never forgotten but we are all here for you Cathy and all his children as he will always be here in our hearts. Love you Jim...Rose and Steve
Cathy, I am still in shock. I will always remember Jim as a big teddy bear. He was the kindest, friendliest person to all he met. I always considered you and Jim part of the family. I will always treasure his stories, and there were many, (ha ha), and the laughs we had every time we got together. Jim, while the rest of us grieve and miss you terribly, I know that you will be looking down on all of us with that beautiful smile of yours. RIP my friend. Love you... Celeste and Jim
He was like a father to me. I will miss him so very much. riding together, watching old westerns on TV, the way he would laugh when I would sneak up behind him and kiss him on his big bald head. There will never be another like Big Jim Lyons. Don
To Jennifer and the entire Cusato & Lyons families, We were so sorry to hear this news, and are thinking of all of you. Sending much love. Karrie, Chris, Jenna & Kate Eaton
Jen and family. I love you all. I will miss him deeply. I loved him like a dad and loved when he hugged me every time I saw him. He is with my dad in heaven they will watch over us everyday. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your father, Jen. I pray for healing and comfort for you and the family . ❤️ oxox The Ayres
So sorry for your loss ... I am saddened ... I will always remember being a cruiser club member and riding on the back of his bike with him to many adventures the club has gone too ... him ride high and always smile that beautiful smile of yours !!
My sincere condolences on the loss of this special friend to all. He always took the time to talk and share with each person he met. Peace be within you all, The Barnes Family, Bev, Sharon, Linda, Bryan, and Robin
After meeting Cathy and Jim I quickly realized how special they were. They became family. Jim was always letting me know he would protect me any time. Jim your smile,laugh,stories and kind heart are going to be deeply missed. Cathy my heart and thoughts are with you always.
Growing up Jim was always the smallest kid in the neighborhood but also the quickest. He was toughest to catch in a game of tag. Most often we called each other “Ralph” and after dropping off our Saturday night dates we would watch horror movies till wee hours in the morning. We lived in the same house for twenty years and teamed up on several activities often to make some spending money’s down we shoveled snow whenever possible and warned quite a bit of money each storm. For several years we both had a morning daily paper route rain or shine - we loved Christmas tip time. Going to church our parents always gave us $.35 for collections. $.10 for Sunday school and $.25 for church. After church we would always go over to Hunt’s drug store across the street and Jim always seemed to have a quarter to buy some candy even though I thought I saw him put it into the collection plate - our secret. School wasn’t his favorite thing but he must have really liked the 3rd grade. He often said how grateful he was to my dad for helping him out with his math homework. One snowy day we were walking down Central Ave by the Franklin School and a new kid in the neighborhood was sledding down his driveway into the street and was hit by a car trapping him underneath- Jim was quick to crawl under and pull Richard out from under. Richard went on to become a senior partner of a major accounting firm and remembers Jim and I being at his bedside when he regained consciousness. So many stories and events we shared over the years but mostly it can be said that he was a “good” guy - I will miss you “Ralph” May you Rest In Peace. God bless.

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